Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P. 

Executive Director, Dominican Foundation and Director, Rosary Shrine of St. Jude

Father Gabriel Gillen, O.P., was born and raised in Rockaway Beach, New York. He attended the State University of New York in Stony Brook, graduating with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Business Management Bachelor of Science.

He worked for several years in finance on Wall Street.  After studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville and earning degrees from the Angelicum in Rome, he was ordained in Italy to the priesthood in 2000.

He served as a hospital chaplain at Sloan Kettering and later as a college chaplain with the first FOCUS team at New York University.  Father Gabriel founded Blackfriars Media, a film incubator program for Catholic NYU film students.  He still produces documentaries for EWTN including one with Dr. Peter Kreeft on the spirituality of surfing and a Pro-life video on Naprotechnology.  For six years he hosted “Word to Life,” a weekly national radio program on The Catholic Channel/XM Sirius Radio.

Father Gillen currently serves as the Director of the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude which has over 80,000 members.  He also serves as the Executive Director of the Dominican Friars Foundation, which provides support for the record number of friars with the Province of Saint Joseph.  He is an auxiliary chaplain with the Knights of Malta. Father Gillen was recently asked to serve on one of the boards for the École Biblique,  a center of biblical research and teaching in Jerusalem.